(AFP) – Ireland’s High Court yesterday blocked a planned strike by Ryanair pilots in the country due this week that had been triggered by a row over pay.
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“The immediate industrial action (due Thursday and Friday) is restrained,” Justice Denis McDonald told the court in Dublin.
A total 180 directly-employed Ryanair pilots – members of the Irish Airline Pilots’ Association (IALPA) – had intended to match planned action by British pilots, which may yet be blocked also at a separate hearing in London.
The no-frills airline said the High Court’s decision to impose an injunction against the strike in Ireland “will come as a huge relief to thousands of Irish passengers and their families”.
The airline called on IALPA members – working with parent union Forsa – to return to mediation, but reiterated its hardline stance on pay negotiation.
“Small groups of workers, earning six-figure salaries should not be threatening to disrupt the holiday travel plans of Ryanair customers and their families,” the carrier said in a statement.
The Dublin-based airline is also taking the British Airline Pilots Association (BALPA) to the High Court in London on Wednesday in a last minute bid to cancel that action.
A five-day strike by Ryanair cabin crew in Portugal meanwhile began yesterday, but disruption was limited after the country’s government ordered workers to deliver at least a minimum service.
Elsewhere, Ryanair cabin crew in Spain have called for ten days of strikes in September.
The Irish court dispute centred on a 2018 agreement between pilots and management.